The state of the local media market in V4 countries, with a focus on municipal media

Media market reviews tend to focus on analysing the national markets, while they often consider local markets to play a marginal role. The result is that the latter are often glossed over. Recent years have seen new expert discussions in Hungary that focus on a better understanding of the state of local discourse. This increased […]

Putin, the man who wasn’t even there

In the following, we will summarise how the popular Krónika news show, which airs at noon every day on the public service station Kossuth Rádió, reports about Russia’s war on Ukraine. Krónika is primarily popular among elderly listeners. Since this age group is less likely to use the internet, it is especially vital to keep […]

The Hungarian government media disseminates Kremlin propaganda

The attack on Ukraine has led to a widespread outrage in Hungary. However, the deep polarisation that divides Hungarian society was also manifest in the public reactions to the war. Most people unequivocally condemn the Russian aggression and profess solidarity with Ukraine, and as the first refugees began to arrive, both civil society and the […]

Hungarian News Monitoring, 2022 Election Campaign – Part 1

Through its analyses of the campaigns of the past few years, Mérték Media Monitor wishes to help individual voters and the institutions which are invested in the successful conduct of the election in understanding whether the prevailing news coverage is balanced, as well as to help orient those who seek to be properly informed during […]

Police Action Against Alleged Fake News in Hungary

Since the amendment of the Criminal Code to include as a separate and severely punishable offence the dissemination of fake news about the coronavirus, the official handling of fake news-related matters by the authorities has been the subject of increased scrutiny. The recent detention of a man in connection with his online commentary is the […]

French version: Les derniers jours du média indépendant en Hongrie ?

L’épidémie COVID-19 entraine essentiellement une crise sanitaire, mais avec des effets collatéraux qui sont déjà visibles. Tout d’abord l’émergence d’une crise économique mondiale qui s’est très vite installée, mais aussi dans certains pays, comme la Hongrie, une crise politique ou la survie d’un média indépendant est sérieusement menacée. L’article d’Ágnes Urbán nous le relate. L’épidémie […]